We had a short but enjoyable (and much needed) weekend. The drive up to Tomoka SP (Ormond Beach area) on Friday was good; we arrived around 6:30 pm, and in about 15 minutes we were set up. We were in Site #5; a nice site, but backing a 27′ trailer into it was tight. But we managed to shoe-horn it in and got set up. Just before we left for this trip, I pulled the trigger and bought a box of those Linx Levelers. I liked the idea that they all stacked nicely in their own zippered container, and they looked like they’d do a pretty good job for under the tongue jack, BAL jacks, and under a tire or two if we needed to level the trailer from side to side. Well, we didn’t need to level the trailer, the site was quite level already. But we did use them under the BAL jacks and the tongue jack (you can see them in the first picture – bright orange), and they worked beautifully! I liked them so much that I picked up a second pack just in case we get into a pretty lob-sided site sometime and I need the extra help. I’ll put up a review of them shortly.
The drive into Tomoka State Park is one of the nicest drives I’ve done in Florida. If you drive in from the South, you’ll drive though a neighborhood then suddenly enter a wooded area before reaching the park entrance. From the North you’ll drive though a swamp area then into a wooded area leading up to the park entrance. This road (leading to the park entrance) is long, straight, and reminencent of old Florida, with palm scrub so thick you’d have a tough time walking through it, and live oak trees with its Spanish moss hanging down makes for a nice archway all along the road. I snapped this picture from the middle of the road, and I thought it did a pretty good job capturing the effect of the drive.
The park entrance: sign and road leading in, are about 1/2 way down this long and canopy-covered road. The ranger station is just a short drive in.
When we arrived, we had a lot of people show up behind us. There must have been 7 or 8 cars lined up behind. The park ranger asked us to pull over to the side so the others could get through while I register, but it appeared everyone else behind me had the same idea. I soon found myself parked in, pinned up against a tree, and had to wait until some of the others finished registering and moved their cars before I could get out. So I supposed getting there ‘first’ didn’t make any difference this time. But it didn’t matter; we were in nooooo hurry.
The entire weekend (at least for me) was spent relaxing. With the exception of a couple of walks around the campground with Sandy, and a quick trip to the grocery store Saturday night, I spent most of my time either sitting outside listening to the radio or briefly watching some of the NCAA games. That Villanova / Pitt game was a good one!
During one of the walks, Sandy crawled up onto a ramp and laid down: I couldn’t let that picture get away.
Other than a storm that went through at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, accompanied by some very loud thunder, and our built-in microwave giving up the ghost on its first-ever use, the weekend went very well. Not sure what happened with the microwave; we tried to pop a bag of popcorn, turned on the microwave, heard a loud hissing sound while sparks flew from behind the control panel, and then the thing died. Guess I’ll be giving KZ a call Monday morning; good thing its under warranty!
Sorry, but I didn’t get too many pictures this weekend; I was too busy veg’ing. I’ll snap more pics’ on my next trip!